Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generation

The First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.

The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.

Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).

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Awards

Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact and enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading firms, industry bodies and inspirational business leaders.

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Working Party

At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
 

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Summit

This full day summit leveraged ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.

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First Women Exclusives

Finding the right work–life balance, like most things, takes practice

The key to a good work–life balance is finding your centre in the little moments

I set up Spabreaks.com less than four months after my first son was born – I must have been mad. But, the saying goes: ‘If you want something done, give [...]

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The guests will be able to experience student life at Cambridge and Trinity College

Trinity College to establish annual women’s STEMM event

A three-day STEMM-focused residential course at Trinity College, Cambridge, is set to become an annual event after interest and subscriptions ballooned.

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As we are yet to leave the EU, we have no idea how things will pan out

With the economy out on stranger tides, it is best to keep calm and ride the storm

Founder of wealth management company SCM Direct, Gina Miller, edifies investors on how to navigate the turbulent waters of the Brexit aftermath.

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Mothers should not be penalised for having a family – Rayner. Image: Shutterstock

“Motherhood penalty” means new mums face 33 per cent wage deficit, IFS finds

In addition to being a source of joy for many, it turns out children can be a major contributor to why women earn less than men.

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When looking to hire, look broadly at the positive qualities the person can add to a team that are not already present.

Practical lessons for small businesses on fostering diversity and inclusion at work

Diversity and inclusion are the business buzzwords of the year but it doesn't take a genius to appreciate why you should embrace them.

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Corbyn and Jeremy have pledged to support #leadforwomen campaign

Corbyn and Smith commit to improving gender balance in top tiers of Labour party

The Labour leadership candidates made “groundbreaking” promises to ensure that women will be represented better at all levels.

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